Look Fast: Solar Is Blowing Past Coal…And Gas…And Wind

December 16th, 2016 by Tina Casey, cross-posted from Clean Technica …unsubsidized solar is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gas on a larger scale, and notably, new solar projects in emerging markets are costing less to build than wind projects, according to fresh data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Now, here’s a surprise. Wind power has been growing at a …

Cost reductions for offshore wind: signs of progress, expectations for more

By Ryan Wiser, Joachim Seel, and Bentham Paulos, Dec. 7, 2016, cr0ss-posted from Utility Dive The following is the first of a three-part series of guest posts on the future of wind energy from Ryan Wiser, Joachim Seel, and Bentham Paulos of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. You can read the first part here. For our viewpoint guidelines, read here. …

Wind and solar can save 20% when deployed together

By Ben Jervey, Originally published on Nexus Media. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together? “Wind resource tends to complement solar resource,” …

Wind turbines strong enough to keep generating through hurricanes and typhoons

By ADELE PETERS 10.31.16  When a typhoon hit Japan in September, it was the perfect test for a new wind turbine prototype. The hundred-mile-an-hour winds that can shut down most wind farms—or even sometimes destroy blades and knock over towers—were a bonus for the new design: The harder the wind blows, the more energy the turbines can produce. “The conventional wind …

Multilateral Development Banks’ climate financing – $81 billion in 2015: where is it all going?

August 17th, 2016 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica A total of $81 billion in climate financing was mobilised for projects being funded by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks, according to a new report. According to the new report, the 2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance, the total $81 billion dedicated to financing climate change mitigation …